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Chevron Record Refinery Profit | Oil Watchdog

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Chevron Record Refinery Profit


Fri, Jul 27, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Chevron Record Refinery Profit

    July 27, 2007

    CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305, or cell: 213-280-0175, or John Simpson, ext. 317

    Chevron Record Profit Driven by Refining Profits Up 41% in US, 30% Overall, On Record Gasoline Prices;

    Group Sees "Profit From Failure" in Oil Industry’s Refining Records Despite Lower Production

    Santa Monica, CA — Chevron Corp. today capped oil companies’
    quarterly reports with US refining profits up 41% over the same quarter
    last year because of the record gasoline prices paid by consumers in
    the spring, said the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.
    Overall refining profits rose 30.1% to $1.3 billion from $998 million
    last year.

    Chevron finishes a week in which all of the major oil
    companies reported refining profit records, either absolute or
    quarterly, while refining less oil into fuel and other products, said
    FTCR (which also produces the web site OilWatchdog.org.) The nonprofit, nonpartisan group called for government investigation and far stricter oversight of the refining business.

    "Chevron and the other major oil companies profited greatly from
    failure: long outages at refineries, aging equipment and lack of new
    capacity," said Judy Dugan, research director of OilWatchdog.org and
    FTCR. "Chevron’s refinery production in the first six months of this
    year was at the lowest level since Hurricane Katrina, yet it boosted
    profit to a new record as consumers paid outrageous prices at the pump.
    Economies are also being battered by oil companies’ profit-taking."

    Key points:

    – Chevron’s overall $5.38 billion profit was its highest ever
    for a single quarter, up 23.6% from $4.35 billion in the same quarter
    last year. Its oil production profit was up more than other companies’
    at 11%, to $3.63 billion from $3.27 billion, but it was refinery
    profits as well as an asset sale that drove the higher overall
    increase. Refining profits were up 41% in the US, to $781 million from
    $554 million, and up only 16.4% in Europe, to $517 million from $444
    million the same quarter last year.

    – Chevron’s refinery production was up from its first quarter,
    to 881 million barrels a day from 729 million. But its six-month
    average of 805 million barrels a day remains at the lowest point since
    Hurricane Katrina. Its 2006 yearly average was 940 million barrels a

    – ExxonMobil Thursday reported a $3.39 billion refining
    profit, its largest ever and nearly equaling in a single quarter its
    2003 yearly refining profit of $3.5 billion.

    – Conoco, Shell and BP also recorded absolute quarterly
    refining profit records, of $2.36 billion, $2.94 billion and $2.74
    billion, respectively.

    "Refinery profit margins are disconnected from the price of
    oil, pushing gasoline prices to new records this spring without any
    natural disaster driving them, and with crude oil prices below the same
    quarter last year," said Dugan. "Industry refining margins in the US
    are also several times the level in Europe and the rest of the world.
    This means that American drivers are disproportionately paying at the
    pump to boost corporate bottom lines."

    See also FTCR’s report, "The Katrina Syndrome," on the driving effect of low gasoline supplies on pump prices.

    FTCR urges Congress and state legislatures to investigate
    refinery operations, costs and profits, and to establish oversight of
    operations, including regulation of gasoline supply on hand, in order
    to moderate gasoline price spikes.

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    FTCR is California’s leading nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization. See www.consumerwatchdog.org and www.OilWatchdog.org

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